Horschel's wife opens up about alcoholism battle

Shortly after notching his fourth PGA Tour win at the AT&T Byron Nelson, 2014 FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel alluded to some personal difficulties he and his family have been facing in the last year. It was particularly important to him to win on Sunday.

“Just life gets in the way sometimes and, you know, it’s truly special to be winning on something on a day like this,” Horschel said. “I’m not able to talk about it right now. But it’s just lot of stuff happens in the last year, and this is nice.”

Horschel chose not to detail the “stuff” that happened. However, on Monday, Horschel’s wife, Brittany, took to Twitter to explain what her husband meant. Brittany reveal that a year ago she sought treatment for alcoholism, leaning on Billy for support as the couple moved and continue raising their toddler daughter.

In part, Brittany wrote, “This weekend marked one year sober for me, but also marked a very hard fought year for Billy. He deserves to soak in the glory of his win yesterday, throw his feet up and just let out a long, deep breath.”

Billy responded publicly with pride.

The Horschels married in 2014, and their daughter, Skylar, was born two days after Billy won the 2014 FedEx Cup.


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